This program contains elements with connections to England. As this is the fifteenth anniversary of the wedding of the Prince of Wales and the Lady Diana Spencer, music from that event is featured. Two soundbites from that event are presented in context. The "Amen" at the blessing comes from the Gibbons anthem, "Great Lord of Lords", and "Thaxted", the tune for "I vow to thee my country" comes from "Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity", from Holst's The Planets.
Also, starting this week, music from the 1996 season of the BBC Proms will be sampled, which allows for a rather tenuous link to England, Brahms's "Variations on a Theme by Haydn". (Scholars note that the "St. Anthony" chorale upon which this piece is based is now attributed to one of Haydn's students rather than Haydn himself, so new citations of this work now read "Variations on the St. Anthony Chorale"). This work is in Prom 10.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 (CD: Vaughan Williams: (New Philharmonia Orchestra; Serenade to Music) Sir Adrian Boult) Ferrabosco I: In Nomine à 5 (CD: The English Viol) (Fretwork) John Taverner: Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas (LP: John Taverner: Sanctus Missa Gloria Tibi Benedictus Trinitas) (Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips) Patrick Doyle: The Thistle and the Rose (CD: A Birthday Concert (Marie McLaughlin, soprano; English for My Grandmother) Chamber Orchestra; Raymond Leppard) Patrick Doyle: Non nobis, domine (CD: Soundtrack: (City of Birmingham Symphony King Henry V) Orchestra; Simon Rattle) Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas (LP: Vaughan Williams: Tallis Tallis Fantasy / (Philharmonic Promenade Norgolk Rhapsody Orchestra; Sir Adrian Boult) / etc.) Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn (CD: Brahms: Symphony (Staatskapelle Dresden; Claudio Abbado) No. 4 & Haydn Variations) Cambridge Surprise Minor (CD: Church Bells (St. Leonard, Bledington, Gloucestershire) of England) Charles Villiers Stanford: When in our music God is (CD: Amazing glorified Grace: The Mormon (Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Clay Tabernacle Choir) Christiansen, organ; Craig Jessop) Orlando Gibbons: Great Lord of Lords (CD: Great Cathedral (Choir of Lincoln Cathedral; Colin Walsh) Anthems, Vol. IV) Gustav Holst: The Planets (CD: Holst: Jupiter, the bringer of jollity The Planets) (Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Charles Dutoit) The Royal Wedding (LP: The Royal Tribute) Louis Vierne: Carillon de Westminster (CD: A Grand Chorus) (Andrew Lumsden, organ) George and Ira Gershwin: Let's call the whole thing off (CD: Mix Well) (The Gentlemen of St. John's)
W. Jackson: Fanfare "Royale" (The State Trumpeters; Major Antony Richards) Jeremiah Clarke (arr. Dearnley/Willcocks): The Prince of Denmark's March Henry Purcell: Christ is made the sure foundation William Mathias: Let the people praise Thee, O God (Choirs of St. Paul's Cathedral & HM Chapel Royal; Christoper Dearnley, organ; Barry Rose) Sir Hubert Parry: I was glad (Choirs of St. Paul's Cathedral & HM Chapel Royal; Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal School of Music; Christoper Dearnley, organ; Barry Rose) Christopher Dearnley: Lesser litany (The Rev. Michael Moxon, officiant; Choirs of St. Paul's Cathedral & HM Chapel Royal; Richard Popplewell) Gustav Holst: I vow to thee my country Orlando Gibbons: Amen (Choirs of St. Paul's Cathedral & HM Chapel Royal; Richard Popplewell) David Willcocks (arr.): God save the Queen (Choirs of St. Paul's Cathedral & HM Chapel Royal; Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal School of Music; Sir David Willcocks) George Frideric Handel: March from Occasional Oratorio (Christopher Dearnley, organ) George Frideric Handel: Samson (excerpts) Let the bright seraphim Let their celestial concerts all unite (Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; John Wallace, trumpet; The Bach Choir and Orchestra; John Scott, organ; Sir David Willcocks) A. Richards: Fanfare "Rejoicing" (The State Trumpeters; Major Antony Richards) Sir Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 (Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis)
Because of interest in this hymn from web visitors, I have added the text of this hymn.
--Romain, 6 September 1997
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love:
the love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
that lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
the love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
the love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
we may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
and soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
and her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.
Thaxted. Cecil Spring-Rice (1859-1918)
Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
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